Living in the South, summertime walks a very fine line. We want to make the most of the great weather, but the “great weather” really only lasts a few hours early in the morning and a few hours just before and right after the sun goes down. Hudson and Hayes were both born in the summer. With a six-week recovery time after giving birth, we spent a whole lot of time inside just trying to stay out of the heat. We saved our outdoor activities for early in the morning or much later in the evening. If we needed to run an errand during the day, we made sure they were all indoor errands.
But there is a time when everyone needs a little bit of fresh air. To make the most of being outside in the summer in the South, we’d load up in the stroller at around 8:30 a.m. and go for a walk for about an hour. I tried to time the stroll to start right after a feeding, and then the baby would always fall asleep early into the walk. It was great for me to just be outside to get some fresh air, and great for the baby to get some fresh air too. When we’d go outside, we’d put Hudson or Hayes in a plain short-sleeved or sleeveless onesie. No footies, long sleeves, or long pants were needed. We needed to make sure that their soft baby skin could breathe, so we didn’t put on clothes that would make them any warmer than necessary.
Hudson, 2 months old
When Hayes was about 3 months old, we went to the beach. I was worried about how to keep Hayes cool while Hudson played. We got Hayes a little tent for babies that has extra sun protection coverage. The tent also had a great floor to keep the sand off of him. When it was time for Hayes to nap, we just laid him down on the floor of the tent and he went right to sleep. We also had a tiny little battery-operated clip-on fan that we put in the tent with him so he’d have some breeze.
Hayes, 3 months old
What are your solutions for making the most of summer with your baby? How do you help your baby beat the heat?
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